One of the world's great party destinations, it's not exactly shocking that New Orleans with its liberal attitudes about everything from sexuality to cocktails is a top destination for gay and lesbian clubbing and bar-hopping. If you're visiting during Mardi Gras , you can expect all of the bars to be hosting special events for the holiday, but that's hardly the only time of year with extra-special festivities. Even though Mardi Gras is very gay-friendly, there's an entirely separate event during Labor Day weekend called Southern Decadence, often referred to as "Gay Mardi Gras. Even though today they're considered mainstream and frequented by visitors queer and not queer, it was in the not-so-distant past that these same bars were considered transgressive and breaking barriers. The definitive New Orleans gay nightclub, Bourbon Pub and Parade has been pulsing and thumping since at the most famous intersection in the city for gay revelers, Bourbon Street and St. Ann Street.
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Want to receive exclusive GayTravel. Mardi Gras, jazz and amazing food! New Orleans is a major tourist destination not just in Louisiana , but the whole United States , for so many reasons. When we think of New Orleans, we all think of the French Quarter, as we should. If you like jazz, this is your place. But remember: New Orleans is more than just the French Quarter. The Garden District is filled with fantastic homes.
This street is a tourist destination for a reason. First, despite popular rumor to the contrary, Bourbon was not named for bourbon. That particular iteration of brown liquor had not even been invented when the street was laid out in by Adrian de Pauger.
Beth says, Don't leave New Orleans without eating a barbecued shrimp po'boy at Liuzza's at the Track. Calling New Orleans gay-friendly is like saying red beans and rice is a good idea for Monday supper. The city has long been a landing spot for people of all stripes and polka dots — the artistic, expressive and the type that dances to their own drummer.